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Encouragement for the Journey 11/ 11 / 12

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings fellow Traveller

From time to time our Sunday worship falls on Armistice Day November 11, today is one of those special days.

For its significance and poignancy is recalled with deep respect and emotion.

Armistice Day, commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1. This took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918. You may or may not know that approximately 20 million people died in World War 1.

We each have our own personal response to War and in particular World War 1. For your personal reflection I leave you with these words of Wilfred Owen:  (Poet and Officer who was killed November 4th 1918 while leading his men across the Sambre – Oise Canal in Northern France.):

Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

 

Meanwhile Peace

Alf

 

November 9, 2012 in Ministry Team's Blog by

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Encouragement for the Journey 4 / 11 / 12

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

When the foundation stone of our current brick building was laid on 21st November 1931 New Zealand society was going through what has become known as The Great Depression. This caused mass unemployment and changed the socio – political landscape in New Zealand, setting the scene for the growth of the Welfare State. So it is all the more surprising in that climate, a group of men and women decided to move their old wooden Church building and erect this beautiful brick building we are worshiping in today.

Challenges within the community of faith are not new, but what is different from this current era and way back then in the 1930’s is that our society is very very different. The church in the 1930’s was at the very heart of community life. Now the church finds itself at the edge on the fringes of society. How we respond and seek to be church on the fringes is crucial and a constant challenge for us.

An approach we have sought to adopt here at St Aidans in recent years is to accept that one size does not fit all. We have experimented to offer different kinds of services. As well as Embracing a Kids Friendly approach to ensuring the presence of children is honoured and respected. This is our faith experience, just like our predecessors had faith in a different way when they built this building.

One aspect of being at the fringes of society is that we need to ensure that each time a person comes into this building; they experience a deep sense of belonging and acceptance, whoever they are and wherever they are, on their journey of life and faith.

You will be aware coming into our worship space this morning, the seating is around tables, cafe style. This is intentional, the informality and the opportunity to have a conversation across the table is all part of ensuring we honour our belonging and presence as part of this community called St Aidans.

Enjoy the experience this morning, celebrate the good things and be part of the unending conversation of becoming an open and inclusive community, seeking to make a difference, starting with ourselves.

This is a service with a difference, may it make a difference in our individual and communal lives, encouraging us to make a difference with those we meet along the way.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf

 

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Encouragement for the Journey 28 / 10 / 21

Encouragement for the Journey 

Greetings fellow traveller, 

While you are reading this here at St Aidans a team from our community under Mary’s leadership is at North Shore Hospital. They are quietly taking patients from the wards to the chapel on the ground floor for the Sunday chapel service. We undertake this act of kindness and service twice a year. Who knows what a difference this will make in the lives of patients, staff and our team members?

Making a difference for good is an essential aspect of our community life and mission. Thinking about making a difference, I am reminded of the mnemonic ARK; which stands for Acts of Random Kindness. 

Each day, in some way we each have an opportunity to practice ARK. Because we are all different we will do this in a myriad of different ways and expressions.

Sometimes an ARK is offered at unpredictable moments, in ways which are not prep – planed, while at other times, we purposely plan and consider offering an Act of Random Kindness. 

I am unable to give a definitive list of these Acts of Random Kindness because it is difficult to fully catalogue such acts. I leave you to consider, what is your next step to be, as a giver of an ARK?

I found this poem KINDNESS by Naomi Shihab Nye. I offer it to you:

Then it is kindness that makes sense anymore,

Only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to mail

letters and purchase bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

Like a shadow or a friend.

Meanwhile peace in our ARK

Alf

 

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